Memo to victim mongers: Get off your knees and quit blaming others

There is a reason police are the problem — and not crime — for our Madison alders, Mayor Soglin, the Dane County Board — indeed, for the entire Democratic party and its socialist allies.

When black people commit crime at a rate disproportionate to their population the phenomenon must be attributed to rank racism, white privilege, implicit bias, the Problem of Whiteness, a tiki torch in every Republican closet. Black man attacks a white officer? Study the police. Study everything through a racial equity lens.

 It is why Brandi Grayson and her Black Lives Matter affiliate can tie up rush hour traffic on John Nolen Drive and not get arrested. Disrupt a county board meeting while the sheriff dozes. Shout down a campus speaker. With no consequences.

cover1016Social scientist Shelby Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, explains why.

“We blacks have lived in a bubble since the 1960s because whites have been deferential for fear of being seen as racist.”

That bubble, Steele posits (perhaps wishfully) is over. Perhaps not in Madison, Manhattan, or Berkeley, but throughout most of the nation.

As evidence, Steele cites the Colin Kaepernick phenomenon: NFL players have been taking a knee to protest so-called (and largely debunked) police persecution. And what happened? America is turning off the NFL.

“It is not surprising, then, that these black football players would don the mantle of protest. The surprise was that it didn’t work.”

The Stately Manor is quoting from Shelby Steele’s essay in the 01-13-2018 Wall Street Journal, entitled “Black protest has lost its power.” When the reader yellow-highlights almost the entire article, it simply must be shared. Would that we could get this on every desk in the City County Building, at school board headquarters, in the social science lecture halls. Of the NFL kneel-downers, Steele writes:

They were not speaking truth to power. Rather, they were figures of pathos, mindlessly loyal to a black identity that had run its course. What they missed is a simple truth: The oppression of black people is over with.

Freedom … meant we had to look at ourselves without the excuse of oppression. … freedom put blacks at risk of being judged inferior, the very libel that had always been used against us. …

To hear, for example, that more than 4,000 people were shot in Chicago in 2016 embarrasses us because this level of largely black-on-black crime cannot be blamed simply on white racism. …

We end up giving victimization the charisma of black authenticity. Suffering, poverty and underdevelopment are the things that make you “truly black.” Success and achievement throw your authenticity into question. …

[The] protests are usually genuflections to today’s victim-focused black identity. … [The phenomenon] is not seeking a new and better world … It wants an excuse. 

In so many ways, this cult of victimhood, this racist appeal to identity politics — Release 350 Black People From Jail Now! — is responsible for electing that jingoistic blunderbuss, Donald Trump. An over-reaction, perhaps, but a rejection of the politically correct and their worn-out race cards.

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6 Responses to Memo to victim mongers: Get off your knees and quit blaming others

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    To the victim-hoodie promotin’ Lefties, I submit Chris Bentley, who is reportedly Black.

    “how can a country that oppresses an entire race of people, a group of people that share the same race as I, somehow not oppress me? Not oppress my father? My brother? My sister, uncle, niece, cousins?

    ”If there is something that makes us different, that makes Thomas Sowell, and Jason Riley, and Walter E. Williams, and Derrick Green (writer for Project 21, a leadership network for Black Conservatives), and many other blacks who are apparent(ly) immune to this differen(ce), then why is no time devoted to identifying what that secondary component is, that causes us to be excluded from this oppression?” (bolds mine)

    Why indeed?

    Read more at:

    One of numerous tomes on the subject:

    Jason Riley’s “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.”

    Don’t expect Lefty to come around. They’re hard-wired to think that they, and they alone, are in the position to help minorities, whom they believe don’t have the intellectual/psychological/philosophical/existential wherewithal to make it on their own.

    Which begs the larger question: who are the real racists?

    The Gotch


  2. madisonexpat says:

    Anyone who practices the soft bigotry of low expectations.


  3. Tom Paine says:

    No problem that can’t be resolved. Give the Black Tribe special gambling and casino monopolies. Make profits, tax-free. Extend sovereignty to the Black Tribe. Let them police organized crime, murder, and other crimes. Legalize all drug sales. Then we shall gain full appreciation of a multicultural Valhalla.


  4. Educated in all the right ways says:

    “Get off your knees”

    Not going to happen. It’s how they make their living. Especially the assistants and creative directors.


  5. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    “It is not surprising, then, that these black football players would don the mantle of protest. The surprise was that it didn’t work.” Someone should inform the editors of “The New Yorker.” The cover of their latest issue sports an illustration of MLK taking a knee, flanked by a couple of NFL players doing the same. Truly sick-making–and a perfect example of the sort of elitist white liberal guilt that perpetuates the myth of black victimhood. I’ve subscribed to the NYer for decades, but that ends when my current subscription expires; it’s become as rabidly (and tediously) anti-Trump as Dave’s favorite bete-noire, “The Nation.”


  6. Batman lives says:

    Today my sister told me about an analysis by Richard D. Lamm, former governor of Colorado. My sister, who lives in CO, claims Lamm first gave this prescient commentary in 1987 but may have been 2003. Has since gone viral. About a five minute read.
    Is rather eerie for its predictive accuracy as a eight point blueprint for how to destroy America as we know it.


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